For this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, I chose the 1944 children’s classic, The Hundred Dresses, written by Eleanor Estes and illustrated by Louis Slobodkin. The book was a Newbery Honor book, and it has been named one of the “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children” by the National Education Association, for its effectiveness in teaching children about bullying. It’s a GREAT book, y’all, sensitive and soul-stirring. If you have read it, it will stay with you — one of my childhood favorites. You can read more about the book here.
Louis Slobodkin (1903–1975) was an American illustrator, sculptor, and writer. He collaborated several times with his friend, writer Eleanor Estes, and he was married to another children’s book writer, Florence Gersh. The year before The Hundred Dresses was published, Slobodkin won a Caldecott Award for his work on Many Moons, written by James Thurber.
Here’s the book cover and an inside illustration from The Hundred Dresses, both from the site dedicated to the works of Louis Slobodkin:
So the style challenge here could boil down to something as simple as wearing a dress! Or you might be inspired by one of the dresses in the illustrations, or by one or more of the vibrant colors. Or perhaps you could go for a rainbow effect (Kezzie, I’m thinking of you with that last one 😉 ). I hope y’all have fun with this challenge! And wearing a simple dress is one of my favorite things to wear in the summer — so easy!
After I shared my SIA choice with my fellow SIA co-hosts Salazar and Jess, Salazar let me know about a recent post on the College Fashion site showcasing outfits inspired by The Hundred Dresses. Such an amazing coincidence — and perfect timing! It’s a really good, in-depth post with three outfit inspirations.
So how do you participate in SIA? Bloggers and non-bloggers are welcome to participate. Wear something inspired by this week’s SIA piece, and send a picture of it to me (at email@example.com) by next Monday, July 13, by 10 p.m. PST. I will post the SIA round-up on my blog the next morning.